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God’s Reflection


Written by Dallas Willard (1935-2013), an American philosopher known for his writings on Christian spiritual formation. This is an excerpt from his book “The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus.”

What God is going to bring out of human history in his people is going to be the greatest reflection of God’s own glory, wisdom, and love. That is what human history is about. It is to make a society of the redeemed that will be the crown jewel of creation. And when we look at all of the terrible things that happen in human history, when we look at the extent of human evil in it, we want to remember what would be lost if human history had not happened. What would be lost is precisely this crown jewel of creation, which consists of Christlike people living together with the kind of love that the members of the Trinity have for one another and enjoying that full, shared, self-subsistent being that characterizes God himself as God dwells in those people.


A Puritan prayer from “The Valley of Vision.”

BLESSED GOD, ten thousand snares are mine without and within, defend  me when sloth and indolence seize me, give me views of heaven; when sinners entice me, give me disrelish of their ways; when sensual pleasures tempt me, purify and refine me; when I desire worldly possessions,  help me to be rich toward you; when the vanities of the world ensnare me, let me not plunge into new guilt and ruin.

May I remember the dignity of my spiritual release, never be too busy to attend to my soul, never be so engrossed with time that I neglect the things of eternity; thus may I not only live, but grow towards You.  Form my mind to right notions of religion, that I may not judge of grace by wrong conceptions, nor measure my spiritual advances by the efforts of my natural being.

May I seek after an increase of divine love to You after unreserved resignation to thy will, after extensive benevolence to my fellow creatures, after patience and fortitude of soul, after a heavenly disposition after a concern that I may please you  in public and private.

Draw on my soul the lineaments of Christ, in every trace and feature of which You take delight, for I am your workmanship, created in Christ Jesus,  your letter written with the Holy Spirit’s pen, your tilled soil ready for the sowing, then harvest.

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